Kingdom Animalia contemplates the distance between man and the natural world. While humans depend on ecosystems to deliver sustenance, nature is a web that coexists independent of our existence. The work surveys what role the human hand plays in manipulating wildlife and the creation of manmade landscapes where animals are placed. Man’s methodical attempts to probe the natural world are complicated since nature was not determined by the existence of man, but is affected by it.

            Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote that “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Though insurmountable effort can be used to harness control or balance, one may never fully grab hold of it. Photography allows me to capture the bizarre methods of control that are implemented for a variety of human reasons, altruistic or not. The landscapes: sometimes sterile and sometimes a crude attempt at realism, underline the tension of human altered wildlife.